Chennai : Union Minister of State for I and B, Fisheries,
Animal Husbandry and dairying L Murugan on Sunday said India was the
fourth largest marine products exporting nation in the world, constituting
about 17-18 per cent from India.
Addressing the concluding ceremony of ‘VanijyaSaptah-Trade and Commerce
Week’ here, he said to boost the marine sector, the Union Government has
launched the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) at an estimated
investment of Rs 20,050 crores.
The scheme envisages enhancing fisheries exports to Rs one lakh crores by
2024-25 from Rs 46,662 crores, he said and urged the youth and the people
of Tamil Nadu to make good use of this scheme.
The Minister said recognizing the potential in seaweed farming in transforming
the lives of coastal communities, SHGs and women, the first Multipurpose
Seaweed Park in India was established in Tamil Nadu.
Asserting that Tamil Nadu has all the ingredients to be a top export hub,
Mr Murugan urged the industry to grab this opportunity, increase the range
of the products, diversify the export destination, step up the value ladder
and never compromise with the quality of the product.
”The product which is exported, not just carries the name of the brand, but
also carries with it the reputation of Tamil Nadu and India is also associated
with it”, he added.
The Minister said that Reform, Perform and Transform is the new mantra. The
Atmanirbhar Bharat is the vision and Vocal For Local is the action point under
the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He said following the footsteps of freedom fighter V.O.Chidambaram Pillai, whose
150th birth anniversary is being celebrated, Mr Modi announced Aatmanirbhar
Bharat and Vocal For Local during the 75th year of Indian Independence.
New sectors are being identified and promoted for their export potential. Local
region-specific products, textiles, toys having the flavour of the region, are promoted
to find a global market, he said.